After the successful implementation of the Somali New Deal Compact, through which Somalia reached a consensus on a
pathway to promote peacebuilding and statebuilding and set up a number of structures to pursue those goals, the
Federal Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation (MOPIC) of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) has
recently finalized the Somalia National Development Plan 2017-2019 (NDP). The plan articulates Government
development priorities, providing a structure for resource allocation and management and guiding development partner
support within the defined FGS priorities in the coming three years.
The Government is fully committed to listening to the Somali people regarding their priorities and expectations and
seeks to strengthen the relationship between state and citizenry. Given this priority, MOPIC and UNDP collaborated to
implement an internet based survey to capture the voices of a wide number of people. The security situation in Somalia
limits travel and therefore the ability to conduct traditional large-scale surveys. The chosen media allows an online
mechanism to provide inclusive opinions about specific themes as individuals respond to questions in a quick and easy
manner. Therefore, the electronic medium has been used as a method through which to gather information on citizens’
preferences in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Somalia National Development Plan for
The goals of this initiative were three-fold:
1. Develop and implement an inclusive NDP: Increased participation from a wide array of voices will better
inform State institutions at both the federal and sub-federal levels and civil society as they jointly implement the
NDP. The initiative was specifically implemented at a first stage with the hope for furthering women’s
2. Raise awareness of the NDP and the SDGs amongst Somali people: The survey was disseminated and
therefore widely viewed on online Somali news websites. It was accessed both within Somalia and across the
3. Test Trial: The e-survey aimed to serve as a test trial to whether such type of tool could be applicable and useful
in other, similar contexts as a method to promote civic engagement and participation throughout (and outside
of) the country.
The e-survey content was agreed upon between MOPIC and UNDP. It included 19 questions, the first eight of which
gathered information that allows for a disaggregated analysis by: Gender, Age, State (& Diaspora), Rural/Urban,
Relationship Status, Education Level, Employment Status, and Sector of Society. The second part of the survey focused
on gathering information on awareness of the SDGs and the Somali NDP, SDG preferences and perceived progress on
SDG implementation, factors affecting development, investment prioritization, and implementation and participation as
related to development programmes and policies in Somalia. Please see the full survey for a list of questions in Annex 1.
SurveyMonkey, an online survey and questionnaire software tool, was used to design, edit and track responses to the
survey. Dissemination was done both in English and in Somali through different Somali online news websites. Online
dissemination was complemented by the organization of a consultation in Mogadisu on 5 October 2016 with rural
women from the Federal Member States. The reason why rural women were consulted separately is their limited access
to internet and use of online tools, which impeded them to participate at a large scale in the e-consultation.
Analysis of responses was done through Microsoft Excel software and focused on disaggregation by gender
(men/women), State & Diaspora (Puntland, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, South-West, Jubaland, Somaliland, Region of
Banadir, and diaspora) and Sector of Society (public, private, civil society and academia).
Download last version of the report of the results of the e-survey.